September 18, 2009

Saints Explode for 3-0 Shutout over Harding

Box Score

COLUMBUS, GA – The North Georgia men’s soccer team got back on track Friday afternoon, playing their first contest of the year at a neutral site and coming away with a 3-0 shutout over Harding University in non-conference action.

With the victory, North Georgia puts a lid on a three-game losing streak, improving to 3-4 on the season, while Harding University lost their bid for a third straight shutout and fall to 2-6 on the year.

The Saints exploded with their biggest offensive display of the season, scoring two first-half goals before adding one more in the second period for the 3-0 blanking of the Bison.

Santiago Pinzon got North Georgia off on the right foot in the early going, scoring his second career goal in the 35th minute to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. Jeff Majors followed in the 44th minute, sneaking in a score just before intermission off a pass from Juan Hurtado as Pat Parris’ squad led by a pair at the break.

Midway through the second period, Chris Griffith put the game out of reach, scoring his team-leading second goal of the season in the 66th minute to put the fishing touches on the Saints’ 3-0 victory over Harding.

North Georgia dominated every facet of the game, outshooting Harding 13-6, and holding a 6-0 advantage in shots on goal. The two teams were dead even at 12 fouls each, while both teams attempting four corner kicks.

Rade Tanaskovic recorded his second shutout of the season in goal for the Saints, letting his defense do most the work as the sophomore faced just six shots, none on goal, in the victory. Harding University keeper James Thurmond went the distance for the Bison in goal, recording three assists while allowing all three goals.

North Georgia will have their longest layoff of the season before they return to action, waiting eight days before the Bearcats of Lander University come to town for a Peach Belt Conference showdown at the Soccer Complex on Saturday, September 26. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. for the league rivals.